COWBOY JUNKIES - ALT-COUNTRY PIONEERS HAVE NEVER BEEN SO RELEVANT
It was over 30 years ago that Canadian legends, COWBOY JUNKIES, released THE TRINITY SESSIONS and inadvertently pioneered a new sound that would come to be known as ALT-COUNTRY. All these years later, they've released what might be their best album since Trinity.
“I don’t want to see your shining teeth / Show me your bruised and battered heart,” - lyric from Shining Teeth
One might expect the 16th full release of a "legacy" band to be dismissible, or just for the super fans, but ALL THAT RECKONING, the latest from Margo Timmins and company, couldn't be more relevant. The theme of the album is as important as it is complex. It is, perhaps, best described by the band's guitarist, Michael Timmins, in an interview with BILLBOARD.
"There's a lot of pressures and a lot of crumbling of institutions, very little foundation to put one's feet on again, especially at an older age. You sort of expect things to be there and realize, 'My God, what I thought was a standard, whether it be an institution or a way of dealing with people in our society, is disappearing."
It's a theme that certainly requires a group of seasoned artists to understand and explore. With their token sound of hushed, dreamy melodies hovering hauntingly in between rock and bluegrass, Cowboy Junkies must be the perfect band to explore the meditative search for connection that we all experience as we each fumble our way through this modern world.
ALL THAT RECKONING is as personal as it is political, and instantly likeable. If you are an alt-rock fan, I hope you won't hesitate to give it a listen. I'll start you off with the powerful music video for THINGS WE DO TO EACH OTHER and then let you take it from there.